Business & Markets

Greece, Israel, Cyprus Sign EastMed Gas Pipeline Deal

Greece, Cyprus and Israel on Thursday signed a deal to build an 1,180-mile (1,900-km) subsea pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean's rapidly developing gas fields to Europe.

Jordan Gets First Natural Gas Supplies From Israel

Texas-based Noble Energy has begun pumping the first supplies of Israeli gas to Jordan, Jordan's National Electricity Company (NEPCO) said on Wednesday, amid opposition in the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Gibson Sanctions Million-Barrel Expansion at Hardisty Terminal

Calgary-based Gibson Energy Inc. said it has approved the construction of one million barrels of new tankage at its Hardisty Terminal.

EDP Closes Financing for El Salvador LNG-to-Power Project

Energía del Pacífico (EDP) said it has completed project financing for the LNG-to-power project currently under construction at the Port of Acajutla, El Salvador. It is the largest private investment ever made in the country, EDP said.

US Crude Output Hits Record in Oct - EIA

U.S. crude oil production in October hit a record 12.66 million barrels per day (bpd), up from a revised 12.48 million bpd in September, the U.S. government said in a monthly report on Tuesday.

Dispute Brews as Russian Suppliers Divert Oil from Belarus

A new dispute over oil could be brewing between Russia and Belarus as Russian suppliers divert large volumes of crude to domestic ports in lieu of a deal on 2020 deliveries between the two countries

Israel Gets First Gas from Leviathan; Exports to Follow

Israel's $3.6 billion offshore Leviathan field started production on Tuesday, transporting gas via a subsea pipeline connected to Israel's transmission system and on to consumers throughout the country.

French Union Extends Blockade of Fuel Deliveries from Total Refinery

France's hardline CGT trade union voted on Monday to extend a blockade of outbound fuel deliveries from Total's Grandpuits refinery near Paris until Jan. 6 as part of nationwide protests against a planned pensions reform.

Russia May Use Vessel Docked in Pacific to Finish Nord Stream 2

Russia may use a vessel currently docked at a far eastern port to finish the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Friday.

Gazprom Pays $2.9 Billion to Ukraine's Naftogaz

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced Friday that it has paid US$2.9 billion to Ukraine's state-owned gas company, Naftogaz, in accordance with a ruling made by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Fed Survey: Permian Flaring Hits Record; Service Firms Bearish on 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said in its quarterly energy survey that natural gas flaring and venting reached a record high. It also said about half of oil field service firms plan to cut spending in 2020.

French Protests Disrupt Output at Total's Grandpuits Refinery

Total's Grandpuits refinery near Paris is producing at a reduced rate after the CGT union voted to halt output as part of nationwide protests against a pensions reforms, the French energy company said.

Putin says Russia has Vessel to Build Nord Stream 2

President Vladimir Putin said Russia has a pipe-laying vessel to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, the Kommersant daily newspaper reported, following sanctions imposed by Washington.

US Consumed Record Energy in 2018; Gas Up 10%

Primary energy consumption in the United States reached a record high of 101.3 quadrillion Btu in 2018, up 4% from 2017 and 0.3% above the previous record set in 2007, according to updated statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It was the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms since 2010.

Reducing Risk At Compressor Stations Through Gas Flame Detection

Compressor station owners and operators can significantly reduce fire-related risks to hazardous and remote facilities by deploying a comprehensive gas and flame detection system.

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Have Role in Pipeline Security

Dramatic developments in the technological development and commercial application of UUVs indicates they have become much more viable within the oil and gas industry since a 2007 PHMSA report said otherwise.

Europe’s Gas Distribution in Need of Evolution

Europe is in transition toward a low-carbon economy in which fossil fuels’ share of the energy mix is projected to fall in coming years, but import of natural gas are expected to rise. This means that Europe’s distribution network capacity will have to be improved.

EPA Recommends Alternative for Alaska’s Cook Inlet Pipeline Crossing

Filings from federal, state and municipal agencies, environmental and business groups and the public piled in on the last two days for comment on the Alaska LNG project’s draft environmental impact statement.

Manipulation of Multi-Phase Flow in Offshore Pipelines

In recent years, offshore oil and gas production is facing an increasing challenge related to the multi-phase flow in the transportation pipelines; the pipelines transporting fluids from the reservoirs to the separation platforms.

A Decade into DIMP, Pipe Replacement Still Keeps Workforce Busy

Ten years after it went into effect, the U.S. Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) continued to drive much of the nation's pipeline replacement activity.

Cyprus, Greece, Israel to Sign EastMed Pipeline Deal on Jan. 2

The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Israel plan to sign an agreement early in the new year for the building of the eastern Mediterranean natural gas pipeline, the Greek prime minister’s office announced Sunday.

Japan's LNG Demand to Rise During Reactor Upgrades

Japanese utilities face hundreds of millions of dollars in extra fuel costs in 2020 as they buy in extra LNG and coal while nearly half the country's working nuclear reactors go off-line for government-ordered security upgrades.

Egypt to Begin Gas Imports from Israel by Mid-Jan 2020

Egypt will begin importing natural gas from Israel by mid-January 2020, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio on Sunday.

U.S. Gas Volatility Diminishes on Higher Output and Exports

Traditionally severe seasonal swings in inventories and prices are being softened by surging domestic production and the increasing international integration of the U.S. gas market through LNG exports.

Turkey Threatens Retaliation Against Possible U.S. Pipeline Sanctions

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defense systems and the TurkStream gas pipeline.

First Pipe Segments Delivered for Canada's Coastal GasLink Project

TC Energy said the first segments of pipe for its Coastal GasLink pipeline project have been delivered to storage sites in Kitimat and Chetwynd, British Columbia, in anticipation of construction ramp-up next year for the 416-mile (670-km) project.

TC Energy Files to Reduce Toll on Canadian Mainline Pipeline

TC Energy Corp said on Friday its unit has reached a settlement with customers to reduce toll on the western part of its Canadian Mainline pipeline, making it cheaper to transport gas, and asked the Canada Energy Regulator for its approval.

Russia, Ukraine, EU Agree 'In Principle' on New Gas Deal

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, after hours-long talks on Thursday, agreed in principle on a new gas deal starting after Jan 1, 2020, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic told a briefing.

APGA Chairman Intends to Re-Engage Membership

In an interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, APGA Chairman Samual Davis Jr. discusses the challenges and goals faced by the organization in during the coming year. He also talks about strategies for effectively explaining the benefits of natural gas to the public and shares his thoughts on electrification.

FERC Rules Clean Energy Sources Must Pay Higher Market Price

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday directed the largest U.S. power grid operator to force state-subsidized solar and wind electricity providers to raise prices, a move that opponents called a partisan attempt to protect fossil fuels.